Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Case of Immunity 

The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hassan Salah
Rachman Habib
Police Commissioner
Brioni Farrell ...
Xenia (as Xenia Gratsos)
Barry Robins ...
The King
George Skaff ...
Nate Esformes ...
André Lawrence ...
Alafa (as Andre Lawrence)
Bill Zuckert ...
Capt. August
2nd Picketer
Harvey Gold ...
Jay Varela ...
Capt. Ortega


Columbo has to solve a crime at the embassy of a middle-east nation. The culture there is different, and the main suspects have diplomatic immunity. Also, to complicate matters, there is a student demonstration outside the gates, and the king is visiting the embassy. However, Columbo decides to investigate the matter in his own persistent way. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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king | embassy | murder | gate | legation | See All (54) »


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12 October 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sal Mineo is the second real life murder victim to play a murder victim in "Columbo". The same thing happened to a murder victim (played by Barbara Colby) in Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971). See more »


Rachman Habib escapes from the embassy and crashes the black gate with the car. Columbo arrives at the crime scene shortly after the murder happened and interviews the guard. You can see some workmen fixing the gate which now is painted with dark red or brown primer. Even if it was possible to paint the gate in such a short time the primer still would be wet making it impossible for the workmen to handle it. See more »


Lt. Columbo: [looking at a picture of Habib] The fact is he doesn't look like much of a murderer. You know, after fifteen years in this business, I can still look at a person sometimes and say to myself, "He can't be the murderer."
Hassan Salah: And are you often right?
Lt. Columbo: Oh, 20% or so, if that. Not too many times.
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A Great Exchange!
27 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my all time favorite Columbo episodes. Peter Falk is at his bumbling best and Hestor Elizondo is simply fantastic.

But what really deserves comment is the writing. A particularly memorable exchange occurs between Columbo and a chief suspect, Hassan Salah, played by Hector Elizondo. As I remember it goes something like this:

Columbo: Oh, no, you couldn't possibly have done it. You know, sometimes I can just look at someone and say "He couldn't possibly have done it." And when I first met you I said to myself "He couldn't possibly have done it."

Salah: That's very reassuring, Lieutenant. How often are you right?

Columbo: Oh, only about twenty percent of the time.

***** You really have to see it to fully appreciate it. It is truly classic.

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